Grace in the Face of Dumbness

May 24, 2010

in the generous life

I really like Seth Godin.  His blog is mostly about business, but so much of what he says applies to all kinds of relationships.  A couple of days ago he was talking about “multiple dumbnesses.”  It is a play off the term “multiple intelligences,” and basically is about understanding that just as we have different kinds of strengths/intelligences, we also have weaknesses/dumbnesses.  His point was, do you throw away an employee just because of a weakness?

This concept really hit home for me because I’m currently struggling with a friend who is causing a good deal of friction in my life.  And, of course, my husband and I have caused each other grief from time to time with our weaknesses.  Do you just toss folks on the trash heap because they blow it or do you take the time to understand that people are a mixture of strengths and weaknesses and offer a bit of grace?

Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each others faults and failures.  Mother Teresa

Be generous!  Lori <><

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Holly Urbach May 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

Such good points!

It does take a lot of grace to continue on with someone whose choices and behavior cause a lot of friction…but in the process you are growing. Not alway fun but often necessary.

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Carol Blakeman May 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

A comedian that I was listening to the other night said, “Stupidness is a gift.” He was in fun of course, but if we realise that all things fall to us through the hand of God, we can use others’ stupidness as a means for our growth in Christ. Perhaps we can use our own stupidness as a springboard for growth, as well. It is either a road block or a stepping stone.

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